Should we vote according to the Bible?

I think that to separate one’s faith from life is to essentially have no faith at all. The reason I say this is that if you hold a conviction, this conviction should affect your daily life. If it does not, it is merely a belief, a thought if you will.

A false separation between the religious world and the “secular” world became espoused during the “age of reason”. This has been carried forward into today’s world. We have been taught by people who want to reason that they should be able to do what they desire. Some will add “as long as it does not adversely affect others”. But essentially, it was done, and is done, by people who do not love and obey God wanting others to not condemn them or their actions, regardless of whether God would approve or not. They call it freedom, but it is slavery to sin. They want to do what they want to do and the consequences matter little or nothing. However, they ignore the very real consequence of what God has said happens to those who turn to iniquity, rather than turning to Him.

For those who believe that Messiah has come, or will come, they have been given instructions on how to live. They have been given instructions on what God approves of and what He disapproves of. He has made it clear what happens to those people and nations who ignore His word and turn to iniquity. As such, any one who truly believes in God and what He has to say should make every effort to ensure they move closer to God, rather than away from Him (this includes becoming more holy, or righteous). As such, anyone who truly believes God should make every effort to ensure the people in their sphere of influence move towards God, and not away from Him. As such, anyone who truly believes God should make every effort to ensure their nation moves towards God and His righteousness and not away from Him towards iniquity. To do otherwise is to invite God’s wrath upon themselves, those they love, and their nation.

We live in a representative democracy. As such, it is our responsibility to vote. In general, the most votes wins (I realize that is a simplistic and not quite accurate portrayal of our system, but it suffices for our purposes). It is appropriate to vote based upon what you think is the best thing – but if one claims to love God, those thoughts should be influenced by what God has said.

Anyone who claims to love God and believe what He has provided in terms of what He approves and disapproves of should be influenced by what God has said when they make choices that affect their daily lives. This would include voting for a candidate or a constitutional amendment or a law. Their vote should be influenced by what God has said.

Thus, it is an empty argument to claim to love God and yet not vote according to what God has written.

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2 Responses

  1. You’re right. If you don’t feel that your political/social decision making is influenced by your faith in Christ, then a reevaluation of your faith is probably needed. The two should be inseparable. Those who say they can separate the two are either lying or their faith is just a façade.

    “. We have been taught by people who want to reason that they should be able to do what they desire.”

    and these people run all the noise-making machines.. ie the media…

  2. You know, I was re-reading this, and your statement, “these people run all the noise-making machines.. ie the media” is VERY true.

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